"South of the fjords at this time of night, mate?"

There have been times for all of us when we've been running late and wished a taxi driver could step on it a little bit, but Evald Jåstad from Odda in Norway is running a fast cab that will shave vital seconds off any journey – a Ford Focus RS.

Update:

You would think that a frugal-minded cabbie would want to run something a little more economical – a large, diesel-engined sedan perhaps, or a new London taxi with its 80 miles of electric-only range. Or, especially in the world's electric vehicle utopia, something that doesn't use any gasoline or diesel at all.

Jåstad is clearly a man of his own mind, however, and he has managed to rack up a hugely impressive 79,000 miles (127,138 kilometers) in the 18 months he has been running his taxi cab. Regular customers have nicknamed the car "Blue Lightning" thanks to the Focus RS’s 345-hp, 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine.

The taxi driver's first job every day is a 10-mile round trip from Odda through breathtaking Scandinavian scenery to take his son to nursery before locals and tourists call on him to take them across the Trolltunga cliffs in style. "There are not many people who can say they live their dream. But I am definitely one of them," says the 36-year-old father of two. "When I drive him to nursery, all the way there, Martin shouts out ‘Bånn gass! Bånn gass! – More gas! More gas!"

But how does the Focus RS taxi compare with your typical London taxi?

Model

Focus RS

London TX4 Taxi

0-62 mph

4.7 seconds

Not 4.7 seconds

Top speed

166 mph

Not 166 mph

Engine

2.3-liter EcoBoost gasoline engine

2.8-liter diesel engine

Power

345 hp

109 hp

Special feature?

Drift mode

7.62-meter turning circle

Watch the video documentary made by Ford of Europe that spends a little time with Jåstad at work in his home town of Odda and meets some of the customers he comes into contact with from day to day in his crazy taxi.

Source: Ford

Ford Focus RS Norwegian taxi

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‘MORE GAS DAD!’ HOT HATCH CABBIE BRINGS SMILES TO TOURISTS, LOCALS – AND HIS CUTE SON

As far as school runs go, Evald Jåstad’s son Martin enjoys a twice daily trip that takes some beating – a 16-kilometre round-trip to his local nursery through breathtaking Scandinavian scenery in a highpowered hot hatch.

This is the first job of the day for cabbie Evald Jåstad who plies his trade in a Ford Focus RS.

Regulars have nicknamed the car – capable of 0-100 km/h in just 4.7 seconds –“Blue Lightning” and visitors to the Trolltunga cliffs, Odda, in Norway, are spreading its fame far and wide.  

“There are not many people who can say they live their dream. But I am definitely one of them,” says the 36-year-old fatheroftwo, who has covered 127,000 kms in the Focus RS in just 18 months. “When I drive him to nursery, all the way there, Martin shouts out ‘Bånn gass! Bånn gass! – More gas! More gas!”

Model

Focus RS

London TX4 Taxi

Toyota Prius

0-100 km/h

4.7 seconds

N/A

10.6 seconds

Top speed

268 km/h

N/A

180 km/h

Engine

2.3-litre EcoBoost petrol engine

2.8-litre diesel engine

1.8-litre petrol hybrid engine

Power

350 PS

110 PS

122 PS

Special feature?

Drift mode

7.62-metre turning circle

Electric driving mode